DISC, StrengthFinders, MBTI & the 5 Languages of Appreciation – How Do They Relate?

January 6, 2015 7:00 am Published by

Many, many organizations have taken their managers and team members through personality style assessments and training programs.  The most common are StrengthFinders, the DISC, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and sometimes, the Colors Test.  Often we are asked, “How do the 5 languages of appreciation relate to these personality assessments?”

We have found that The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace and the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory are excellent tools that complement these personality tools and training and are in no way either repetitive or competitive.  That is, the 5 Languages concepts and the results from the MBA Inventory cover different concepts and actually help supervisors and colleagues better apply the information obtained through the StrengthFinders, DISC and MBTI process.

Our process identifies the languages and actions that each individual best receives appreciation and encouragement from others in the workplace.  Supervisors and colleagues can utilize the specific content (strengths identified, personality styles) from prior personality tests to incorporate into their appreciation and recognition.

We have successfully done our training with work groups who have done the StrengthFinders, DISC and the MBTI.  They have repeatedly indicated the Appreciation at Work training was extremely helpful in making the information they had more practical and usable in their day to day work relationships.

(Additionally, we are sometimes asked, “Have you found any personality patterns associated with specific languages of appreciation?”  The answer is, “Not yet” but we are still exploring this issue.)

If you are interested in discovering how to communicate appreciation to your employees and colleagues in the ways that are meaningful to each of them (versus trying a “hit & miss” or shotgun approach), take a look at the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (we have different versions for different types of work settings) and the Appreciation at Work implementation resources.

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